Grants Acquisition Officer

  • Full Time
  • Lusaka

Copper Rose Zambia

Vacancy title:

Grants Acquisition Officer

[ Type: FULL TIME , Industry: Business Management and Administration , Category: Management ]

Jobs at: Copper Rose Zambia

Duty Station:

Within Zambia , Lusaka, South – Central Africa


Job Summary:

  • The Grants Acquisition Officer will lead the development of high-quality grant proposals for government agencies, multilateral and bilateral institutions, and major foundations to support CRZ’s 2023 to 2026 strategy, reporting to the Head of Strategy and Partnerships (HSP). The position will work in a highly collaborative cross-team environment across departments and technical and finance staff. The officer will support evaluations of major grants to ensure cross-organizational learning, improved knowledge management, and the institutionalization of best practices within and outside Zambia. The officer will have no direct reports and will ensure grant proposals are fully compliant, efficiently supported, technically clear and accurate, and adhere to CRZ’s Organisation strategy. The officer must be able to effectively build and manage relationships with partner and donor agencies, and other internal and external stakeholders and support the building of public-private partnerships. This position will be based in Lusaka, Zambia, and will require some travel.

Key Responsibilities:

Proposal Development and Management:

  • Work with the HSP to manage and lead high-quality proposal development for various funding opportunities.
  • Lead the grant proposal team and consultants for successful bids.
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to position the organization for success.
  • Participate in the entire grant proposal process from conceptualization to submission and follow-ups.
  • Lead proposal-related meetings and coordinate pre-solicitation proposal preparations.
  • Manage the proposal review process ensuring compliance with guidelines and budget alignment.

Strategic Partnerships and Networking:

  • Identify, nurture, and manage relationships with strategic partners to increase success in competitive calls.
  • Gather intelligence on upcoming funding opportunities and donor trends to inform decision-making.
  • Support the communications team in developing material for donor and partner engagement.
  • Network with strategic donors, arrange and lead donor meetings, and conduct outreach.

Capacity Building and Collaboration:

  • Strengthen the organization’s capacity in business development and proposal processes.
  • Coordinate with field teams to gather relevant information for proposal design.
  • Build effective working relationships with partners and consultants.
  • Support recruitment process for partners and key personnel in proposals and ensure inclusion of qualified individuals.
  • Collect and share lessons learned from proposal processes and facilitate program handover to the programs department.

Business Intelligence and Reporting:

  • Lead business intelligence gathering and networking to form or join consortia and partnerships aligned with the organization’s mission.
  • Produce systematic performance indicator reporting to inform management on grant acquisition progress and roadblocks.
  • Gather, update, and share intelligence on upcoming opportunities and donor priorities with relevant teams.

In addition to individual tasks, the Grants Acquisition Officer will be expected to:

  • To adhere to CRZ values and to actively promote their application amongst colleagues and stakeholders.
  • To undertake tasks in a creative, self-driven and innovative fashion
  • To identify and implement additional tasks/ideas of benefit to the organization.

Education and Experience:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher in Health, Public Health, International Development/Relations, or a related relevant technical discipline is strongly preferred
  • At least four (4) years of experience with an NGO in a business development/program funding position involving proposal development and donor liaison.
  • Two (2) or more years of experience working on USG proposal responses as a prime or sub-partner, including participating in capture efforts, writing relevant sections of proposals, and developing proposal budgets.
  • Experience in developing successful proposals and/or tender bids to Institutional Donors, Foundations, and Private Funders.
  • Experience in the technical implementation of health projects will be an added advantage.

Note: The above job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position. The job description may change from time to time.

Work Hours: 8

Experience in Months: 48

Level of Education: Bachelor Degree

Interested candidates should send their CVs

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